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Conversations with Zachary Murdock

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zachary Murdock.

Hi Zachary, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
As a child, I was exposed to the magic of stories. From both my parents being writers to attending Waldorf schools, my early years were fertile ground for my imagination to blossom. When I was 11, I became painfully aware of how much suffering there is in the world. This awareness exposed an extreme split from my childhood of magic and left me devastated. My devastation became a catalyst for my furious desire to create and connect. The theme of all of my work (starting at age 12 when I wrote and recorded my first album to now, 34 and running an art collective) is to shake people awake out of the mundane, reminding us all that everything is sacred and indefinable. I have been writing and performing my own music since the age of 11 and deepening my journey as a musical artist as well as a creative producer and entrepreneur across many artistic disciplines. Each piece of art I make seems to spawn a world unto itself. Each song begs greater visions through collaboration from murals to magazines, films to books, fashion to tech. An attempt to fully circumambulate each idea until it has nothing left to say. My work explores various topics such as death, mental health, addiction and mythology, reaching for the chords that underscore this reality. Subversive or countercultural in nature, my work reaches through the modern, Western paradigm to reveal the gift hidden within the wound. This is a time of repair and my intention is to be one who carries the torch and inspires the wise child to continue guiding us home.

My art is not meant to escape or distract, my art is medicine meant to fortify and give people strength to continue grounding in and stepping forward despite the confusion and fear of the amplified unknown of the present. Since I was a child, I have felt the whispers of a new future coming into reality, one that encourages every individual to follow their unique passion, industries that are built on creativity and honesty, kindness and respect, collaboration and curiosity. Exploration and expression unhindered by survival tactics. This is my life’s work, to expose broken systems and create new ones. My path has been rich with success and challenge. Each collaboration is an artistic juggling act where my work is to keep each plate spinning. Over the past 20 years, I continue to refine my producer skills in the form of integress communication and even abstaining from alcohol for the last seven years so that I can devote all of my free time and money to creating. I have released over 20 albums and close to 100 music videos and short films, created music for two major ad campaigns with Axe and Movado watches, wrote multiple children’s books and screenplays, launched a print magazine and am currently in the middle of birthing the “Ghost to Ghost” universe, an exploration of invisible and visible forces and the bridge between them. Regardless of all that I have done, my greatest success is waking up everyday and humbly tending the dream garden.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
My main difficulty is that there has not been an adequate platform or outlet to channel the depth and breadth of the creativity flowing through me and our collective. I am a father and I landscape part-time to make ends meet while personally funding all of Channel the Sun’s projects. This has been one of the greatest challenges and gifts. A gift because it has forced me to be thrifty, inventive and humble and a challenge because it feels as though each project is restricted by a low ceiling of limited resources.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
My work is about connecting the world through collaboration, kindness, respect and creativity, empowering everyone it comes in contact with to remember how powerful they are. My creative collaboration process always aims to include the left behind. The people I work with confide in me that they had all but given up hope before we connected. There is nothing more fulfilling and gratifying than this work that comes through me being a catalyst for the reignition of the spark in others. The beauty of this process is that the only thing that matters is one’s spirit, which is enriched by their diversity and struggle, resulting in the ultimate form of self-expression; authenticity. As a result, our collective is a group of incredibly diverse people, young and older, from every corner of the world. The work that we share, especially the music, supports people within their liquid chrysalis of confusion and unknown. Our expressions are constantly evolving and changing from music, mural installations, music videos, children’s books, fashion and many other forms, our practice is to follow the muse as in her constant state of metamorphosis.

How do you think about happiness?
Authenticity makes me happy. Watching passionate people at work that truly enjoy their careers puts a smile on my face. When people are real about their experiences and are true to themselves, I feel safe and not alone. My wife and son bring me unfathomable joy everyday. My work gives me joy. Anything with soul brings me a sense of contentment and peace.

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Photos and Art by Anthony Ryan Johnson, Erick Madrid, ADRM, Davi Escobar.

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